Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, have said that President Barack Obama and his European allies are failing to stop the massacre of Christians and other minorities throughout the Middle East and North Africa at the hands of terror group ISIS.
"Terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are destroying some of the oldest and most sacred Christian communities and relics in the world on the very lands where Christianity was born and first took root," McCain and Perkins said in an op-ed for Fox News.
"They are committing brutal atrocities against Christian communities in Syria and Iraq, persecuting religious minorities and destroying entire towns and local economies. Christians are fleeing their homes in increasing numbers, creating an exploding refugee crisis that will have grave ramifications on the stability and security of the entire region." more >>
As Christian mother of five Asia Bibi marks her sixth year in prison in Pakistan, placed on death row for blasphemy charges, a U.K. Christian group reports that some attempts are being made to reform sections of the country's controversial blasphemy laws that punish religious minorities. The group also believes that Britain and the U.S. must rethink the way they provide financial aid to Pakistan if they want to see reforms in the country.
"The proposed changes will ostensibly make it more difficult for blasphemy charges to be laid, focusing on proving that any blasphemy was intentional under a legal concept termed Mens Rea translated as 'guilty mind,'" Wilson Chowdhry, president of the British Pakistani Christian Association, told The Christian Post on Wednesday.
"However the large number of extra-judicial killings and insouciance from local police to get involved in blasphemy charges or a pattern of local police authorities cowing under pressure from mobs led by local imams, suggest this law change will have little effect." more >>
A Christian mother of 11 was poisoned to death last week by her Muslim sister-in-law in an eastern Ugandan village, neighborhood sources told a leading Christian persecution watchdog organization.
Namumbeiza Swabura, a Muslim convert to Christianity, succombed to food poisoning last Wednesday after enduring months of constant threats from local Muslims after she and her husband — a former Islamic school teacher [sheikh] — accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior in August 2014, sources informed Morning Star News.
Swabura is survived by her husband, Mugoya Muhammad, and her 11 children, the youngest being a 5-month-old infant. more >>
A number of Christian persecution watchdog groups have praised the opening of a new U.N. human rights field office in Seoul, South Korea, which is going to be investigating some of the "unspeakable atrocities" carried out by the government of North Korea on its own people as outlined in a major 2014 report.
"This is a very significant step forward and will serve to keep the appalling human rights situation in North Korea on the agenda of the international community, and continue the process of documenting crimes against humanity in North Korea with a view to holding the perpetrators of such crimes accountable," Christian Solidarity Worldwide's Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said in a statement.
"We look forward to working with the U.N. Human Rights Office to ensure that the truth about North Korea continues to be documented and reported and that justice is done." more >>
The Rev. Canon Andrew White, known as the "Vicar of Baghdad," has said that persecution of Christians at the hands of ISIS in Iraq has passed all expectations of extreme brutality. White said that while Christians have lost everything, it's their faith in Jesus that's keeping them going.
"It is happening now in our midst and the persecution of Christians is like we'd never expect would happen," White told the audience at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. Mark in Salt Lake City, according to Deseret News. "All I know is we are not (ceasing) to love Jesus. We are still serving him."
He added that Christians in Iraq are in constant fear of attacks. more >>
A nun in the Indian city of Raipur has allegedly been gang-raped in what Christian community leaders are calling an ongoing "anti-Christian hate campaign."
While police in Raipur's Chhattisgarh state are calling the case "attempted rape" and have arrested some of the unidentified men who are believed to have carried out the assault, Arun Pannalal, president of Chhattisgarh Christian Forum, told Voice of America that the woman had indeed been raped.
"We are 100 percent sure that the nun was raped yesterday. There cannot be any dispute over this fact. And it appears to be part of the ongoing anti-Christian hate campaign across the state," Pannalal said. more >>